Two men were in the Iron County Jail Friday, charged in connection with a shotgun blast fired at a state wildlife officer who was trying to enter their mountain property to inquire about an abandoned wreck.
Kenneth Randall, 42, St. George, was arrested Friday after an officer staked out his summer home in mountains south of Cedar City, sheriff's dispatcher Jeff Tippetts said.Randall was charged with attempted homicide, production of a controlled substance and flight. His bail was set at $200,000.
A second man, suspected to be an accomplice in the shooting, also was jailed, but deputies did not release his name or the charges against him.
The incident began when state Wildlife Resources Division Conservation Officer Doug Messerley discovered a vehicle Wednesday night that had been in an accident and abandoned in the mountains near the Washington-Iron county line, said Paul Woodbury, division enforcement chief.
"While he was trying to see if anybody was around, some fellows came up, apparently drunk," Woodbury said. "When the officer tried to get some information from them on the wreck, they left."
Messerly followed the men to a summer home, where they refused to let him inside the gate, and "a few moments later they discharged a firearm in his direction," Woodbury said. "It was a shotgun."
The officer was not hit, but "I understand the vehicle he was driving was spayed with pellets," he said. "He didn't wait around. He heard the boom and saw the spray and he boogied."
Deputies arrested one man about an hour after the shooting, said Tippetts, but the other man had fled.
Randall was taken into custody without incident Friday about 10 a.m. by a Washington County sheriff's deputy who waited near the mountain home, Tippetts said.